About Community Health Centers (CHC)

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About Us

Community Health Centers of the Central Coast, Inc. (CHC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit network of community health centers serving the residents of California's Central Coast. Conveniently located throughout San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara counties, our committed team of healthcare professionals are dedicated to maintaining your health and well-being. We offer fully accredited Medical, Dental and Chiropractic care as well as Health Education and Specialty Care.

Our Mission

To enhance the health status of all people in the Central Coast of California, with special emphasis on the medically underserved, by providing accessible, affordable, comprehensive and quality healthcare services, through well trained professional staff, in strategically located health centers.

A History of Quality Care

Community Health Centers of the Central Coast began operation in 1978, in a small building in Nipomo California, with 7 employees and a part-time volunteer doctor. As of early 2020 we have over 800 employees in 31 state-licensed clinics, and provide more than 450,000 visits annually.

Our health centers are located in San Luis Obispo County and Northern Santa Barbara County on the Central Coast of California. Our patient population includes low income, uninsured community members with special emphasis on special populations such as homeless, school-based, migrant and seasonal farm workers, and public housing residents.

Our primary care staffing includes: Family Practice, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and OB/GYN Physicians. In addition, we have Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Dentists, Optometrists, Behavioral Health clinicians, Chiropractors, Registered Dietitians/Certified Diabetic Education, and other ancillary staff. In addition, to primary care we have a variety of specialists that provide services on-site or through telemedicine.

CHC has extended walk-in hours at several health centers in Paso Robles, Arroyo Grande, and Santa Maria that include extended evening hours and weekends.

CHC has one on-site pharmacy at its CHC Nipomo Health Center that fills more than 50,000 prescriptions per year for our patient population. The Pharmacy is open Monday-Saturday.

CHC has been Joint Commission Accredited since 1998, and most recently Joint Commission Primary Care Medical Home certified since 2014.

CHC continues to grow as an organization and is proud to be able to serve the community by providing quality health care.